Can’t see the wood

A break from Cordoba with some recent tree sketches, rural and urban. The first two are of an old mossy oak in a wood of mostly Scots Pine, done a couple of months apart. Then a tree in Queen’s Square in Bath. It’s hard to know where to stop with trees, the branches keep on branching, smaller and smaller…

PS: On Sunday 26th April there’s a sketchcrawl in Bristol, meeting at 11.30am outside the Arnolfini. Details in the PDF below. Hope to see you there!

Urban sketch-2


treess1Brown Pigma pen, Lexington grey and Noodlers Brown 41 in water-brush, watercolour, A4/A5 – one hour each

teeth12Noodlers Brown 41 in fountain pen and water-brush, dilute Lexington grey in water-brush, A5 – 30 minutes

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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6 Responses to Can’t see the wood

  1. melisnorth says:

    You’ve done a brilliant job capturing the details of texture on the bark, I am smitten with that mossy oak.

  2. Rowena says:

    Fantastic trees, but I particularly admire the background, especially the addition of light to the darker paper. Also, I hope you don’t mind me asking, do you only draw/paint in sketch books and only for yourself? and! do you sketch standing up or do you carry a stool for times when there is nothing to lean on? Somebody told me Barbara Rae paints in her car over her steering wheel – though I don’t know if this is strictly true!

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Hi Rowena, with toned paper you get can great contrast with a few patches of white gouache or white water-colour. For some reason it’s more dramatic/dynamic than leaving pale patches on white paper… All my drawings and sketches are in sketchbooks, and I work in one book at a time until it’s full. It’s all just for me, for pleasure, and not commissioned or for work/study, if that’s what you mean? And I usually find somewhere to sit (I carry a piece of Karrimat to make walls/ground comfier), but am happy sketching standing as I work fairly fast; the bigger A5 sketchbook helps as it’s a more stable drawing surface. I’ve got a folding ruler that goes behind the book and clips onto the pages to hold it open, which is also useful. I’ve got a tiny folding stool, but hardly ever use it; there’s usually something to perch on in town. Hunched over a steering wheel sounds uncomfy! Plein air for me… Ed

  3. Rowena says:

    Many Thanks for sharing Ed. Your sketches are truly fantastic and it’s wonderful we get to see them too! Thanks for the tips; already hunting the house for a folding ruler I know exists here-somewhere! By the way I tried a bit of cafe drawing, I think I was staring a bit too much as I was rumbled! Will persevere!

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